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Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog

Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog | flânerie | Scoop.it
The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

 

[2012, Criticism] Here’s a maddeningly looping tall tale about the enchantment of story telling that has cast a spell over readers and writers for centuries: A sultan, incensed to murderous rage by an act of cuckoldry, orders a new bride to be presented to him each night and summarily beheaded the following morning. The daughter of the vizier, knowing what awaits her should she fail, hatches a plan with her sister. She will accompany her into the sultan’s bedroom, and begin to tell him a tale. When the morning breaks, when “the time for speaking is over,” the sultan finds himself so charmed by the story she tells and so eager to hear how it turns out that the execution is stayed for one more evening, and one more, and one more. The storyteller, Scheherazade, wagers with her neck that literature can stave off death, and against the longest of odds, the marvelously recursive Alf Layla wa-Layla, or The Thousand and One Nights, or the Arabian Nights, is both the proof and the payoff of her long-shot gamble.

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Telling stories, Shahrazad, Alf Leila wa-Layla, Borges, oral tradition, the palimpsest (and maze) of stories told/retold, and more...add this one to the reading list...

 

Citing Borges (as the author does) on The Arabian Nights: 'I think the reader should enrich what he is reading. He should misunderstand the text; he should change it into something else." I'd add, be aware of and acknowledge the change: do not erase the originals or silence their tellers, rendering them invisible.

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What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals

What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals | flânerie | Scoop.it
Dinah Fried's new photo book brings the words of authors such as James Joyce and Lewis Caroll to life (What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals http://t.co/LYxyLgUhGs)...
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East Hills Council of Neighbors to unveil public space strategy | The Rapidian

East Hills Council of Neighbors to unveil public space strategy  | The Rapidian | flânerie | Scoop.it
The East Hills Council of Neighbors will unveil how it is planning for people- instead of cars- when they present their public space strategy at a public meeting on Monday, June 23.
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Junot Diaz, Jonathan Lethem, Art Spiegelman join protest against New York Public Library renovation

Junot Diaz, Jonathan Lethem, Art Spiegelman join protest against New York Public Library renovation | flânerie | Scoop.it
A host of New York literary heavyweights, including seven Pulitzer prize winners, have joined opposition to the proposed NYPL Central Plan. (Resistance to the gutting of the NYPL’s 42nd St.
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In Progress: Eiffel Tower’s 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière

In Progress: Eiffel Tower’s 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière | flânerie | Scoop.it
Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Architects: Moatti-Rivière Location: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France Area: 4,586 (In Progress: Eiffel Tower’s 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière
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Rising sea levels will drown your Western art history course | Grist

Rising sea levels will drown your Western art history course | Grist | flânerie | Scoop.it
According to a new report published Wednesday in Environmental Research Letters, everything you love is going to disappear, assuming you are the kind of person who loves old art and history and stuff.
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Stories of Conflict and Love: Field notes from Colombia, Part 5: The honesty of street art

Stories of Conflict and Love: Field notes from Colombia, Part 5: The honesty of street art | flânerie | Scoop.it
My fascination with street art stems from my impression of it as an honest medium of expression: It cannot easily be directed or manipulated by anyone other than the artist herself. For similar reasons, it cannot easily be censored or controlled.
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The 6 Most Amazing Chalk Drawings

The 6 Most Amazing Chalk Drawings | flânerie | Scoop.it
RT @tothekidswho: here's to the kids who express their inner feelings with art. http://t.co/LXou6A6ujz
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imagine another world under the city...

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Bare Skin Becomes The Canvas

Bare Skin Becomes The Canvas | flânerie | Scoop.it
Artists, models, free spirits and nude enthusiasts converged in Dublin last week for the second Irish Bodypainting Competition. The themes for this year's challenge were "alien knowledge" for body painting and "music of the mind" for face painting.
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Spring 2013's Most Beautiful Haute Couture Gowns

Spring 2013's Most Beautiful Haute Couture Gowns | flânerie | Scoop.it
Spring 2013 Haute Couture fashion week just wrapped in Paris this afternoon—and, if you're in the market for a ballgown this season, you're in luck.
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Ferree's 'Cyborg Clayworks' exhibit begins January 16 at West Plains Civic Center - The Cabool Enterprise

Ferree's 'Cyborg Clayworks' exhibit begins January 16 at West Plains Civic Center - The Cabool Enterprise | flânerie | Scoop.it
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Ferree's 'Cyborg Clayworks' exhibit begins January 16 at West Plains Civic Center
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Some of his pieces are currently on display at Good Girl Gallery in Springfield and Phoenix Fired Arts in Joplin.
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slums reflection ~ deviantART

slums reflection ~ deviantART | flânerie | Scoop.it

watercolour on A3 paper: Check out slums reflection by ~Adjisketcherromance on @deviantART http://t.co/Dihfb6Sy)

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Of Earth and Domes

Of Earth and Domes | flânerie | Scoop.it
The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.
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Sustainable tourism travel

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A Holistic Approach To Sustainable Management…and a lovely spot to sit and spend time. Take a book or sketch pad.


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Gaudi: Tweet from @AMAZlNGPICTURES

Gaudi: Tweet from @AMAZlNGPICTURES | flânerie | Scoop.it
One of the finest architecture ever, Antoni Gaudi's work in Spain. http://t.co/si5WsM8ejo
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How Overprotective Paris Became the Center of Street Art 

How Overprotective Paris Became the Center of Street Art  | flânerie | Scoop.it
One morning last fall, American graffiti artist Cope2 (real name: Fernando Carlo) walked up the Rue Oberkampf in Paris to a bare wall abutting the century-old Café Charbon.
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Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

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Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of (Symposium: Cities and Citizenship http://t.co/5u5NLkBzJC...
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Wildlife in the concrete jungle – share your pictures, videos and stories

Wildlife in the concrete jungle – share your pictures, videos and stories | flânerie | Scoop.it
Foxes, hyenas, elephants or rats? We want to hear all about your encounters with urban animals.
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CityMOOC :  A cMOOC To Explore Cities Together

CityMOOC :  A cMOOC To Explore Cities Together | flânerie | Scoop.it
What? A cMOOC to explore cities.  (A radically different way to understand #cities. Doing it together.

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The only downside of this 'cMOOC' is that it's missed the point of truly 'open'. I need to join them on Google+ if I'm interested. That means individuals have to join a site to participate. Mmmmm.....they should have an open site on the Internet.

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There are a few open sites on what could emerge as #citymooc distributed networks - plus a #citymooc twitter stream. However, these are not being aggregated. There is no real discussion (connections creating knowledge), organization (not even minimal of feeds or a Daily) or aggregation to speak of. I've had connectivity issues that make G+ highly problematic to use and time consuming but, twitter excepted, there are no other networks. On the other hand, I am adding to my collection of city links, which makes it more part of of at least one PLN than an actual MOOC. That and watching to see what happens, if anything emerges, is enough for now.
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Is Our Discussion of L.A. Architecture Too Focused on Cars?

Is Our Discussion of L.A. Architecture Too Focused on Cars? | flânerie | Scoop.it
'Los Angeles' identity is inextricably linked with the automobile,' reads the first line of wall text opening the Getty's current show about postwar architecture in Los Angeles.
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Dead Poets … Sold Out Bards … The “P” in Poetry is “P”olitical! | Dissident Voice

Dead Poets … Sold Out Bards … The “P” in Poetry is “P”olitical! | Dissident Voice | flânerie | Scoop.it
April's National Poetry Month -- Banning Pugilistic Prose, err, Verse? No. Nyet! Since the invasion of Iraq, a symphony of voices has reasserted the American
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Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog

Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog | flânerie | Scoop.it
The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

 

[2012, Criticism] Here’s a maddeningly looping tall tale about the enchantment of story telling that has cast a spell over readers and writers for centuries: A sultan, incensed to murderous rage by an act of cuckoldry, orders a new bride to be presented to him each night and summarily beheaded the following morning. The daughter of the vizier, knowing what awaits her should she fail, hatches a plan with her sister. She will accompany her into the sultan’s bedroom, and begin to tell him a tale. When the morning breaks, when “the time for speaking is over,” the sultan finds himself so charmed by the story she tells and so eager to hear how it turns out that the execution is stayed for one more evening, and one more, and one more. The storyteller, Scheherazade, wagers with her neck that literature can stave off death, and against the longest of odds, the marvelously recursive Alf Layla wa-Layla, or The Thousand and One Nights, or the Arabian Nights, is both the proof and the payoff of her long-shot gamble.

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Telling stories, Shahrazad, Alf Leila wa-Layla, Borges, oral tradition, the palimpsest (and maze) of stories told/retold, and more...add this one to the reading list...

 

Citing Borges (as the author does) on The Arabian Nights: 'I think the reader should enrich what he is reading. He should misunderstand the text; he should change it into something else." I'd add, be aware of and acknowledge the change: do not erase the originals or silence their tellers, rendering them invisible.

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$600 outfits and 15 costume changes in an hour... Photographer gives a rare insight into the wacky world of dog couture

$600 outfits and 15 costume changes in an hour... Photographer gives a rare insight into the wacky world of dog couture | flânerie | Scoop.it
From a poodle posing in a dazzling silk ballgown to a Husky modelling a smart gold-trimmed jacket, Couture Dogs of New York features some of Manhattan's best-dressed pooches. (Dogged!!
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surely no comment is necessary...except juxtaposition with a human haute couture post

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The invisible man: Liu Bolin's latest camouflage artwork, Hiding in the City - Telegraph

The invisible man: Liu Bolin's latest camouflage artwork, Hiding in the City - Telegraph | flânerie | Scoop.it
Chinese artist Liu Bolin paints his entire body to exactly match the scenery behind him. He is camouflaged so well it is sometimes almost impossible to spot him.
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a few examples of remaining Russian architecture...

a few examples of remaining Russian architecture... | flânerie | Scoop.it
a few examples of remaining Russian architecture in Harbin - a bit goes every year sadly and the remainder ends up either painted odd bright colours or dwarfed by new ugly structures of the Chinese...
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January 2013 - Words Without Borders

January 2013 - Words Without Borders | flânerie | Scoop.it
RT @wwborders: New Issue: Writing from Haiti! Haitian writers explore the effects of the earthquake on Haiti's people and literature. http://t.co/xjX4XFbe
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